'Topes, Lookouts and Loons Nail Down Wins

Albuquerque's Dwayne Pollok, Hyang-Nam Choi, and Cory Wade combined to hold Nashville to five hits in a 3-1 win. Chattanooga topped West Tenn 12-11 in a game that lasted so long they postponed the second game of a scheduled doubleheader. Clay Calfee's RBI single in the seventh inning broke a 7-7 tie and led the Loons to a 10-8 win over Dayton. Inland Empire was not scheduled.

Isotopes Continue to Roll
Dwayne Pollok
Dwayne Pollok, Hyang-Nam Choi, and Cory Wade combined to hold Nashville to five hits and a single, unearned, run, giving Albuquerque a 3-1 win, their third in a row and ninth in their last dozen.

Spot-starter Dwayne Pollok worked a season-high five innings, allowing four of the hits and the unearned run in the first inning, while walking one and fanning a season-high six.

Albuquerque was held to three hits, two by Tony Abreu, and didn't get on the scoreboard until the sixth when Mitch Jones worked a two-out walk and stole second base. Hector Luna singled to tie the game but he was out attempting to stretch the hit into a double.

Chin-Lung Hu rapped a one-out triple in the seven and scored on an RBI groundout by Ellis to give the visitors their first lead.

Abreu struck again in the eighth, blasting a solo home run to give Albuquerque a 3-1 lead. Abreu finished the day going 3-for-4, just a triple away from the cycle.

The ageless Choi (6-1) tossed two perfect frames and fanned three, recording his fourth victory in a row. Wade earned his first save by pitching a scoreless eighth and ninth.

In their last three games, Isotopes pitchers have yielded just one earned run over 24 total innings for an ERA of 0.38.

Albuquerque goes for a fourth straight road win this afternoon behind right-hander J.D. Durbin (0-2, 6.00) who will face Nashville righty Tim Dillard (10-4, 3.66).

  Score by Innings
Albuquerque	000 001 110-3
Nashville	100 000 000-1

  Albuquerque	ab r  h  bi  ave
Abreu 3b	4  1  3  1  .343
Repko rf	4  0  0  0  .249
Hoffmann cf	4  0  1  0  .287
Jones 1b	3  1  0  0  .297
 Wade p        	0  0  0  0  .000
Luna 2b        	3  0  1  1  .358
 Choi p        	0  0  0  0  .250
 Closser ph-1b	1  0  0  0  .318
Brown lf	4  0  0  0  .302
Hu ss        	4  1  2  0  .275
Ellis c        	3  0  0  1  .396
Pollok p	1  0  0  0  .333
  Totals	28  3  7  3
  Nashville	31  1  5  0

  Error- Ellis (5). 2B- Abreu (13).
3B- Hu (1). HR- Abreu (7). RBI- Luna
(48), Ellis (28),Abreu (32). S- Pollok.
LOB- Albuquerque 5, Nashville 5.
SB- Jones (8), Hoffmann (8).
Pickoffs- Pollok.
  Albuquerque	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Pollok	5.0  4  1-0  1  6  5.81
Choi (6-1)	2.0  0  0-0  0  3  1.83
Wade (sv 1)	2.0  1  0-0  1  1  2.45
  T- 2:25. Att- 4,245.
Chattanooga Wins 12-11 Shootout
Fans who showed up four a doubleheader got all their action in the first game when the Lookouts and Diamond Jaxx combined for 23 runs, 24 hits, 14 walks and five errors during which 245 pitches were thrown and took just over three and one-half hours.

When the smoke cleared, the winning run had scored in the bottom of the ninth on a throwing error. Chattanooga had a 12-11 win and no one was unhappy the second game was postponed until today.

The first game ended after 10 p.m. and the second game of the scheduled double will be played today as a part of a doubleheader with the first game starting at 5:45 P.M.

The two starting pitchers allowed 14 runs on 14 hits over the first four innings.

James Adkins was seemingly on his way to a win, leading 5-1 but gave up a cycle (single, double, triple, home run) in a six-run explosion to take a 7-5 margin.

Chattanooga tied the game in the fifth, took the lead in the sixth, West Tenn score four in the seventh to lead 11-8 but again the Lookouts bounced back to tie the game, with two runs coming when an apparent double play ball took a bad hop off he Tennessee shortstop's face.

Chattanooga got off to an early lead when James Tomlin led off with a double and advanced to third on a throwing error. Gaby Martinez followed with a sacrifice fly and a two-run single by Justin Sellers made it 3-0.

Eddy Perez's two-run home run in the third negated a Jaxx homer in the top of the inning and Adkins was cruising.

West Tennessee struck for six in the fourth but Chattanooga tied in the fifth when Lucas May singled and scored on Russ Mitchell's triple. Mitchell would tie the score on Vinny Rottino sacrifice fly to right field.

Adam Godwin doubled and May singled to give the Lookouts an 8-7 lead going into the seventh and what was to be the final inning of the first game of the doubleheader.

The Isotopes gave the ball to Southern League All-Star Matt Sartor to wrap things up but, the Diamond Jaxx had a different idea. Three singles, a bases-loaded walk, and a two-RBI double later saw West Tennessee on top with an 11-8 lead.

Chattanooga worked three walks to load the bases, a balk scored the firsts run and a walk forced in another. Then Justin Sellers hit a smash that ricocheted off the shortstop's face, allowing two runs to score.

The Lookouts finally won the game in the ninth when Juan Gonzalez led off with a single and advanced to second on a Godwin sacrifice bunt. James Tomlin followed by hitting a grounder to the replacement shortstop and his throw rolled to the base of the wall behind first as Gonzalez dashed around to score the winning run.

  Score by Innings-1st Game
West Tenn	001 600 400-11
Chattanooga	122 021 301-12

  Chattanooga	ab r  h  bi ave
Tomlin cf	4  1  1  2  .313
Sellers ss	5  0  3  4  .304
Martinez dh	3  0  0  1  .295
May c        	4  2  2  1  .311
Perez 1b	5  1  1  2  .269
Mitchell 3b	5  1  1  1  .222
Rottino rf	2  2  1  1  .251
JGonzalez 2b	3  2  1  2  .212
Godwin lf	3  3  1  1  .252
  Totals	34 12 11 10
  West Tenn	43 12 11 10
  Errors- Adkins (3), JuGonzalez (4).
2B- Tomlin (17), Sellers (26), Godwin
(11). 3B- Mitchell (3). HR- Perez (8).
RBI- Martinez (37), Sellers 4 (29),
Perez 2 (37), Mitchell (45), Rottino
(49), May (24). S- Godwin. 
SF- Martinez, Rottino. 
LOB- Chattanooga 9, West Tenn
9. SB- Rottino (10), Sellers (9), Godwin
(11). CS- Tomlin (9), Rottino (2).  

  Chattanooga	in  h r-er bb so  era
Adkins	        3.2  7  7-5  2  1  4.60
JRodriguez	2.1  2  0-0  0  2  3.39
Sartor (3-4)	3.0  4  4-4  3  3  3.55
  WP- Sartor. HBP- by Sartor. 
T- 3:31. Att- 2,295.
Inland Empire-- not scheduled.

Calfee's Hit Leads Loons to Win
Brad Golder
Great Lakes Loons

Clay Calfee's single with two outs and two strikes in the seventh inning broke a 7-7 tie and led Great Lakes to a 10-8 win in the first game of a four game series against Dayton.  

Three different pitchers threw three innings each for the Loons, with various results.

Loons' starter Jon Michael Redding, who entered the game with a Midwest League high 12 wins, failed to make it out of the fourth inning and was charged with seven runs (all earned) on nine hits.  But although he struggled, the bullpen picked up the slack. 

Steve Smith (2-1) was charged with one run in his three innings on the mound for the win. Luis Garcia hurled three scoreless, hitless frames striking out three for his third save.  

The game featured four different lead changes and the two teams combined for 23 hits and eight extra base hits.

The Loons scored the game's first run in the first inning on four walks, including one with the bases loaded to Matt Wallach. Dayton took their first lead in the second on a two-run single.  

The lead shifted back to the Great Lake's dugout with a four-run top of the third, but only one run was earned. The first baseman dropped a relay throw on an attempted double play ball that would have ended the inning. The next batter, Angelo Songco, made the Dragons pay with an opposite-field two-run home run, his first as a Loon.  

The lead shifted again in the fourth, when Dayton knocked Redding out of the game with three straight hits.  

The game's final lead change came in the seventh. Kyle Russell reached on an infield single and scored to tie the game on an fielder's choice by Anthony Hatch. Then later in the inning after a pair of walks and two pitching changes, Calfee's single gave the Loons the lead for good. Russell doubled in Pedroza in the eighth for good measure.  

Jaime Pedroza scored four runs and reached on three walks.  Russell recorded three hits, included a double.  

With the win coupled with South Bend's 1-0 loss to West Michigan, the Loons are now 2.5 games ahead of the Silver Hawks for the top second half playoff spot and 3.5 games ahead of Dayton.  

The Loons continue their series in Dayton Tuesday before returning to Dow Diamond for an eight-game homestand beginning Friday.  Tonight's game features a pitching matchup of right-hander Josh Walter (7-3, 3.22 ERA) for the Loons against left-hander Shea Snowden for the Dragons, making his Midwest League debut.

  Score by Innings
Great Lakes	104 100 310-10
Dayton	        022 300 100- 8

  Great Lakes	ab r  h  bi ave
Gordon ss	5  0  1  0  .314
Pedroza 2b	2  4  1  0  .261
Russell cf	5  1  3  2  .269
Delmonico dh	3  1  1  1  .286
Hatch 3b	4  1  1  1  .272
Wallach c	3  2  0  1  .249
Songco lf	4  1  1  2  .138
Silverio rf	5  0  1  0  .270
Calfee 1b	5  0  1  2  .167
  Totals	46 10 10  9
  Dayton	40  8 13  8

  Error- Pedroza (24). 2B- Pedroza (30), 
Russell (28). HR- Songco (1). RBI- Wallach 
(38), Delmonico (43), Songco 2 (7), Russell 
2 (77), Hatch (48), Calfee 2 (3). LOB- Great 
Lakes 8, Dayton 6. SB- Pedroza (32). 
DP- Calfee, Gordon and Smith.

  Great Lakes	in  h r-er bb so  era
Redding	        3.0  9  7-7  0  1  5.04
Smith (2-1)	3.0  4  1-1  1  2  3.12
LuGacia (sv 3)	3.0  0  0-0  0  3  2.85
  WP- Smith. BAlk- Smith. T- 3:54. Att- 7,981.